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Shiro is the mother of Capheus and his unnamed younger sister. She is incredibly close to her son and does her best to take care of him, though she is living with AIDS and without enough money to pay for treatment. She is very proud of Capheus but feels guilty that he is forced to look after her.
Some time ago, she fell in love with a man in a rivaling tribe and conceived their first child Capheus. Though they alternating between their two tribes to be housed and nurtured, her husband decides to join politics to bring forth change, soon afterwards being killed.
After his death, villagers came for Capheus; Shiro stood her ground against the group of men despite the risk set for herself and her unborn child. She left the village and her tribe to protect him, but unable to care for herself, she gave up her daughter to an orphanage after the birth.
Shiro eventually contracts the AIDS virus, though it is not revealed how this happens.
Surviving the IllnessEdit
Shiro is briefly seen in the episode. During the introduction of Capheus, she is resting in bed, battling the Virus. She asks why her son has been so good to her.
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- Parents: to be added
- Husband: to be added
- Capheus Onyango: Since his birth, Shiro has cared heavily for her son. Despite the tribal conflicts that put both her own and her son's life at risk, Shiro has willingly guided and protected Capheus from any opposition that arosed. Migrating to Nairobi, she contracted the Virus, which let to her confined to their home. Despite this, she continued to do her household duties and care for Capheus well into his adulthood, as he cared for her the same in obtaining any form of medicine that could manage the Virus.
- Silas Kabaka: Upon formally meeting face-to-face, both Shiro and Silas developed a great and supportive friendship, possibly on the connection that they both live with the AIDS virus. The relationship has gotten to a point where Kabaka revealed to Capheus that he soon planned to propose to her along the line.
- Zakia Asalache: to be added
"Don't worry. As long as we're together something good is going to happen"
--Shiro to Capheus, Smart Money Is on the Skinny Bitch
"I have no room in my heart for hate."
--Shiro to Capheus about her husband's death, I Have No Room In My Heart For Hate